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Designing the Perfect Living Room

Gone are the days of stuffy parlours and over-priced furniture that you can’t sit on.  Here we’re talking you through our top tips and tricks for making your living room the ultimate go-top destination in your home.

Start with a solid plan, not throw pillows…

Your first step in designing the perfect living room?  Make sure to steer clear of purchasing pillows or cushions first.  It’s important to remember that the foundation of any good design project is a solid plan.

As your living room is all about ‘living’, it’s important to consider what living means to you – are you likely to host many a cocktail night?  Or will your living room be a place for the weekly family movie night?  Designing a layout and furniture plan that takes your life into consideration is key when it comes to producing a future-proof style that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Invest in your sofa!

Once you have got to grips with the functionality of your living room, it’s time to talk sofas.  A sofa should always be the first piece of furniture you buy for your living room.  It’s extremely important to find a piece that offers quality and can also stand the test of time.  This is why you should take your time and look into all your options.

Again, lifestyle should also be a key consideration when purchasing a new sofa.  If you’re looking for a great family-friendly sofa, then you should definitely avoid things like white mohair which would be a nightmare to keep clean with sticky and muddy children’s hands in the mix.

 

Add drama and depth with the right lighting

When you’re planning the layout of your living room, it’s important to consider natural light.  If you’re living room lacks natural light, then both high and low lighting will be a necessity.  Will you need lamps or just good overhead lighting?  These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself.

Lamps are a great way to add sculptural notes to your chosen design aesthetic.  A fun way to add a touch of character and personality is to find unique models and simply rewire them.

 

Define the space with a rug

Rugs are a great way to define space in your living room and claim territory.  An easy way to make the space look and feel bigger is to use a rug that is much larger than your seating space.  Just remember to go more oversized than you think.  If you’re a little worried about your rug taking over, then just remember that a rug needn’t always make a bold statement.

Don’t be afraid of texture

To ensure your living room is as inviting as possible make sure to juxtapose textures of different materials, such as wool, wood, silk and metal.  One of the easiest ways to incorporate texture in your living room is via accessories and throws.  A well-placed throw can add a much-needed pop of colour to a darker colour palette.

Add some much-needed personality

It’s important to remember that accessories are more than just trinkets or well-placed clutter.  Adding in personal items gives you an opportunity to tell your story and give your home a new lease of life.  By weaving your personal pieces into the overall design of your home, the space will quickly feel like your own.